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Library Instruction for Your Class

Course-related library instruction is designed to introduce students to research strategies and the basic information sources available for a particular class or subject. A librarian works with you and develops an instructional session or sessions to meet the specific needs of the class. Course-related library instruction is one of the most effective ways of teaching students to use scholarly materials and resources. This success is due to supplementing subject-oriented training received in the classroom with instruction in information resources and search techniques.

Where Are Library Instruction Classes Taught?

Classes are generally taught in the Seminar Room on the second floor of the Library (Room 258), based on availability. We will notify you of the class location if the Seminar Room is unavailable. Classes can also be taught in classrooms or departmental labs that have suitable facilities for library instruction.

What Are the Components of a Class?

  • An overview of relevant electronic and print library resources.
  • Search strategies using the online catalog and electronic databases.
  • How to find and locate books, journal articles & and Internet resources.
  • How to critically evaluate search tools and resources.
  • When appropriate, how to use specialized resources, such as document delivery, university archival resources, government documents, etc.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Please request your library instruction course at least two weeks prior to when you would like to schedule it, to allow for preparation of materials for the course. During peak times, such as the beginning of the semester, you should keep several alternative dates open.
  • Instructional sessions are most effective when done in conjunction with a specific assignment that will give students the opportunity to integrate library research with course instruction.
  • The involvement of faculty in the planning and teaching of a library session is critical to the success of library instruction. Students are more attentive when the instructor actively participates in the session.

Requesting a Library Instruction Class

  • Request your class at least two weeks in advance; please provide alternate dates in case we are already booked.
  • Remember, do not announce the library instruction session to your class until we have confirmed it with you.
  • Use our online form to schedule a class, or call (336.285.4185) or visit us during reference hours.